Hotel Esencia, Mexico
There’s a reason the fashion designer Jason Wu got married here. One step on the grounds of Hotel Esencia, and you know you’re somewhere special. The majestic 50-acre estate is centrally located between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, with Mayan pyramids, underground cenotes, and nightclubs within reach. Originally built as the private hideaway home of an Italian duchess, it later became a hotel, most recently with a meticulous refurbishing by owner Kevin Wendle, whose own collection of seminal 20th-century artwork adorns the walls. There’s an emphasis on nutritious food and all things natural; the hotel even has its own line of bathroom amenities, created with Ahal, a local brand that specializes in eco-sensitive products. At Hotel Esencia, you could just eat up the views—and the bath soap.